Citizens Memorial Hospital | Vitality | Summer 2024 11 Ease your arthritis fatigue Arthritis and fatigue often go together. Arthritis pain can disturb your sleep and sap your energy to the point where you have trouble functioning during the day. Experts in arthritis care You can trust the board certified rheumatologists at the CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center to provide the best in arthritis diagnosis and treatment. Ask your primary care doctor for a referral, or call 417-328-7000 to learn more. If you have arthritis pain, ask your doctor for a referral to the CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center in Bolivar. Call 417-328-7000 or go to to learn more. Fight fatigue These arthritis fatigue-fighters can help you feel your best. Get your arthritis under control. Inflamed joints and arthritis pain can contribute to fatigue. Working with your doctor to manage arthritis and any underlying conditions is the first step to getting your energy back. Move more. Exercise builds muscle mass and strength, increases circulation, and enhances flexibility, all of which can help combat arthritis fatigue and boost your overall sense of well-being. Get your ZZZs. A good night’s sleep can help ease arthritis pain and help you accomplish your daily to-do list with less effort. Make your bedroom cool and dark, power down your electronics, and go to bed at the same time every day. Fuel up. For long-lasting energy, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid energy-zapping processed, high-salt and sugary foods. For added support, consider taking a vitamin supplement to help fill in nutrient gaps in your diet. Talk to your doctor about medication. Some medications for arthritis can cause drowsiness. Your doctor can help you manage medication side effects. Ask if any medications might help reduce fatigue. “You need to be honest with your doctor about your eating, exercise and sleeping habits,” says Justin Reed, D.O., a rheumatologist with the CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center. “Then we can work together to create the best plan to help you manage your arthritis fatigue.” Additional source: Arthritis Foundation Mark J. Jarek, M.D. Justin W. Reed, D.O. Anthony T. Tay, M.D.